I have enjoyed adventures from Alaska to Argentina, from Bolivia to Tibet. I like rock, ice, alpine and high-altitude climbing. Along with co-leading international expeditions, I’ve also taught hundreds of kids to climb indoors.
I was at Camp 1 on Mt. Everest when the massive 7.8 magnitude quake rocked Nepal in 2015. After escaping the mountain, I pitched in with recovery, and then raised funds for rebuilding Nepal. In 2017, I returned and summited Everest during a spectacular sunrise.
From my adventures and survival, I have distilled compelling stories and lessons in resilience which I now share as a professional speaker and author.
- Hiking, climbing and skiing for 36 years
- Worked as a hydrogeologist for 20 years
- Commended twice by US National Park Service for volunteering on remote rescues
- Barely survived bad climbing accident and lost his climbing partner on Mt. Rainer
- Co-authored New York Times bestselling adventure memoir called The Ledge
Before climbing mountains for fun, I scaled high-voltage electrical towers for work. They painted 80 foot to 250 foot tall metal towers that supported live electrical lines carrying up to 230,000 volts. I did this work for Dad, and Mom was not happy!
What are you looking forward to?
I am looking forward to many close-to-home hiking and climbing adventures in our national parks and open spaces. Being out in nature rejuvenates the soul and keeps us resilient for life’s adventures.
What’s an interesting trip/climb/expedition where you’ve taken your LOWAs?
On my 66-day trip to Everest, I wore only LOWAs and never had a blister. From casuals and all terrain sport shoes, to trekking boots and 8,000 meter expedition boots, LOWAs got me to the top and home again!